I would like your advice. I'm helping a young company set up a ROR team
from entry level to Senior A/P.
Firstly, I'd query why there has been a choice of any technology
platform without anyone of experience to decide? Normally, I'd expect
the CTOs platform of experience is what's plumbed for. What's the
rationale for RoR? (not that it's necessarily a bad choice!
What are your thoughts:
Is this a well exploited technology in Scotland/UK?
In Scotland, you might try to ask at http://rubaidh.com/company -
although they may not be inclined to respond if you're starting a
In the rest of the UK there does seem to be a fair spread of us, but
it is a small pool.
If a CS grad, is it difficult to pick up - how long would you think it
takes to become proficient?
Very few people I have met are straight to Ruby/RoR from uni. The
majority have arrived after a period of their career and are thus
quite senior. As far as CS grads (or self-taught techies) are
concerned, you may find yourself in the position of having to teach
them everything - even re-teach a some of what they've covered in
their courses - from HTML, CSS upwards.
But on the flip side (and I worked with one guy like this) very bright
people *can* pick stuff up very quickly.
Thanks in advance for any insights shared.
If you'd consider temporary help - even consultation advice while you
set up your team. Feel free to get in touch directly - I'm a freelance